Cairns Museum tells the Cairns story with passion and playfulness – fitting for this frontier town located in Australia’s tropical Far North. Recapping the region’s stories in a contemporary manner, the museum makes history fun. The Museum has five galleries with accounts of the Bama Traditional Owners, the sugar cane industry, tourism development, the good, the bad and the ugly of living in the tropics, the reef and rainforest and of course weather – specifically cyclones. Its remarkable permanent collection is matched by temporary exhibitions and collaborations to extend the museum’s coverage of the city’s past and present.


Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday

10am – 4pm

The Museum is an All Person Access attraction.

The Museum is closed Sundays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

ANZAC Day the Museum is open from 12 -4

The Cairns Historical Society Research Centre is closed weekends and all public holidays. 

Admission Prices

Adult: $15

Child (under 14): $6

Family (2 parents or grandparents + 2 kids): $30

Concession: $12

Cairns Historical Society / Cairns Museum Members : FREE


A Cairns Historical Society Membership will give you free, unlimited general entry to Cairns Museum and the Research Centre, special offers and exclusive events.

Membership Fees:
Individual: $35
Family: $49
Student: $22
Corporate: $120

Getting Here & Parking

The Cairns Museum is two blocks walk from Cairns Esplanade and the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

Cnr Lake and Shields Streets, Cairns (Located within) Cairns School of Arts building

Cairns has a mix of paid and free on-street parking so please check the signs carefully. Regulated parking hours in the Cairns CBD are between 8.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 2pm on Saturdays. Council generally charges $1.80 per hour for its on street and off-street parking.


Our booking and enquiries team is available 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday: